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American Square Dances
The figure of this dance is often used as a sub-chorus in other dances and is so used in this book in "Bird in a Cage."
The First Couple leads to the Second Couple, with whom they form a ring of four which circles once around clockwise. All release hands and join right hands to form a Right Hand Star, the gentlemen joining their hands over those of the ladies, keeping all hands together to form a "hub." This Right Hand Star revolves clockwise half around. All release right hands and make a right-face turn, at the same time joining their left hands to form a Left Hand Star, which revolves counterclockwise until the Second Couple are in their home place. Break the star, releasing left hands, and the gentlemen only make a left-face turn and join right hands with the lady behind them, whom they swing once around with a Right Hand Swing. Release right hands and join left hands with Partners who are now swung once around with a Left Hand Swing. The First Couple now leads to the Third Couple and dances the figure with them, after which they dance the figure with the Fourth Couple. The First Couple "Balances Home" while dancing the final Left Hand Swing. All couples now swing once around with a Waltz Swing and then Promenade once around the set to home place where all "Balance" to their Partners with a bow, and then "Square Sets" ready for the next change.
The call is repeated with the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples in turn leading the dance.

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